It a really good time for Eli Roth. The filmmaker has just made his return to R-rated horror with Thanksgiving. The film was critically lauded and a moderate box-office success, with a sequel being greenlit just three weeks after release.
Now, it appears Roth is reflecting on his legacy and the movies that put him on the map, as he commented this past week on the future of Hostel and Cabin Fever.
“Hostel there’s a lot more to do. I’d love to go back to Hostel at some point. And Cabin Fever as well,” Roth comments. “They’re a part of me. They’re like my children.”
“I feel like I’ve ignored them for too long,” he continues. “And I’d love to go back to them in some way. I have ideas. I would direct it. I don’t want it in anyone else’s hands.”
These are interesting comments from the director, as both Cabin Fever and Hostel have passed into other director’s hands over the years. Roth returned to direct 2007’s Hostel 2, but the third entry, as well as the three other entries in the Cabin Fever series were helmed by others.
Roth’s comments suggest he wasn’t quite happy with the direction the subsequent films took. To say the critical reception was less-than-stellar would be quite an understatement, with Cabin Fever 2: Spring Break receiving universally negative reviews.
Roth’s comments suggest both series’ could be in for a return to form, should he assume the director’s chair once more. However, is there a place for Hostel and Cabin Fever in the current cinematic landscape? Hopefully we’re about to find out very soon.